Dog Obedience Commands

Dog obedience commands can take a lot of time to teach to your dog, which is why most owners avoid this part of dog training.

You may not be the type of dog owner who spends a lot of time training your pooch. It's quite alright (most dog owners do not have the time). However, there are two basic commands that could literally save your puppy's life and only takes a few minutes each day to instruct.

When it comes to puppy care, teaching the “leave it” and “drop it” commands can keep your puppy from doing something dangerous, such as eating rat poison, rotten food and other garbage, or running into the path of a speeding car.

“Leave It”

With your puppy on a leash, walk by a tempting item, such as food or a toy. When your puppy tries to pick up the item, give a short tug on the leash and say, “Leave it.”

If your puppy responds appropriately, praise your puppy for obeying. You can offer a treat reward at this time if you prefer.

Here's another method you can use to teach your puppy the leave it command: Hold a food treat in your closed fist. When your puppy noses your hand, say “Leave it,” and keep your fist closed. When your pup stops nosing your hand, reward with praise, then give a verbal release command and let your puppy have the treat. Continue working like this until your puppy will sit quietly without touching a nearby treat until you give the release command.

“Drop It”

When your puppy picks up a forbidden object, say, “Drop it!” and walk over to your puppy. If your pup won't release the item, offer it a treat as a trade for the item. When your puppy drops it, offer praise and a substitute.

If your puppy runs away from you, don't chase it or it will think you're playing a game. Instead, ignore your little one and get yourself a treat from the kitchen.

Then take the treat to a puppy accessible area and start to eat it (or pretend to eat it, if it's a dog goodie).

Be dramatic about how yummy it is. Call your puppy over, then give the drop it command and trade the treat for the forbidden item. (Be sure to praise your youngster for obeying.) After your puppy finishes the treat, offer an acceptable toy, and then continue training with other dog obedience commands.